6 Souls, also known as Shelter, was released in 2010 in Japan and the UK. Not until two months ago was the film available in the United States. Anchor Bay tossed it onto a Bluray, and Wes tossed it over to me. I think the concept of taking so long to get to a wider audience, and the fact that it had an alternate title is quite fitting. Something old can take a long time to grab hold, and when it does, hang on tight.
Starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 6 Souls is a story about a doctor (Moore) and the patient who will shake up everything she believes in. Adam (Meyers) is a psychiatric patient with multiple personalities. However, these personalities take on physical characteristics as well as mental. For example, one personality is colorblind, while another is paralyzed from the waist down. And this isn’t just psychosomatic. X-rays of both personalities show that the latter’s vertebrae are fused in the proper spot for paralysis, while the first personality’s are not. So why is this happening? Why do people keep dying around Adam? And most importantly, how will they stop it before Moore’s family is taken too?
I’m a big fan of the psychological thriller. Meyers is very good at portraying a multitude of characters. He can quickly go from menacing to feeble, as his wheelchair bound personality. Now here’s what I don’t get. Yes the movie is predictable to a certain extent. Yes, it’s dry at times. But the film has a 4% approval rating. Really? Only 4 percent of critics liked this movie? It just doesn’t seem feasible to me. Not only do you have a main cast of two phenomenal actors, but Frances Conroy (of American Horror Story) and Jeffrey Demunn are in it as well! And they’re good! So what killed the film?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s the heavy religious overtones. It’s the whole “turn your back on God, and he turns his back on you.” Considering this was released initially in the UK and Japan, this makes a little more sense. They aren’t big fans of that sort of praise.
Set that aside. I really enjoyed 6 Souls. I wanted to figure out what was going on. I wanted to keep
watching. I was interested. Suspend your judgment a little bit, and just enjoy what is happening. Immerse yourself in the film, and let yourself believe whatever the characters believe. Trust me, you’ll enjoy yourself more.
6 Souls is available through Anchor Bay Entertainment on July 2nd on both DVD and Bluray.